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No more deaths in the Mediterranean

JRS calls on the extraordinary European Council meeting on Thursday 23 April to respond to this ongoing tragedy with a concrete action plan prioritising human dignity and justice..

As the death toll in the Mediterranean reaches record proportions, Europe’s first priority must be to implement a full-scale search and rescue operation. Saving human life must come first. Europe should take up the leading example of Italy. Now is the time for emergency action.

“Now is a moment for political courage. We urge European leaders to set aside their differences, avoiding the blame game, and to work together constructively to find solutions to this crisis,” said Jean-Marie Carrière SJ, JRS Europe Director.

The Jesuit Refugee Service urges EU leaders to:

  • Substantially increase use of resettlement for refugees unable to find protection in the region;
  • Family reunification for refugees already in the EU; and
  • the temporary lifting of visa requirements or at the very least the introduction of visas on humanitarian grounds.

“The priority has to be to save lives: that means a large scale search and rescue mission, and stopping those who force migrants onto unseaworthy boats. At the same time, there must also be safe and legal ways to find international protection in Europe.”

“All 28 EU member states have a responsibility to work together to save lives and to protect human life and dignity. Europe must prove that as well as talk, it can also really act to defend human rights.”

JRS International has co-signed a letter to British Prime Minister, David Cameron, calling for him to support full search and rescue: read the text here.

JRS UK Review of Work
We have just published our review of work to celebrate all our work over the last three years

'From hostility to hospitality' is the theme of the review which describes some of the challenges our refugee friends are facing and shows some of JRS's responses to accompany, serve and advocoate for them in what sometimes seems like an increasingly unfriendly environment. We share stories of what it means to be part of JRS and express our deep felt appreciation to friends and supporters, donors and partners for their continued encouragement and generosity. Read more here.page divider

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